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Hungersleep Records Spring News 2019

Grice releases 3rd album ‘One Thousand Birds’ 

One Thousand Birds by GRICE is released following a number of intense recording and mixing sessions at Forward Studios in Rome.

The 13-track album release day was marked on 22 March with a playback event hosted by Bang & Olufsen, which showcased the music and imagery in all its glory in high resolution through the B & O Beolab 50 sound system.

The album features a guest appearance by Richard Barbieri on the title track who lends his unique sonority along with field recordings made in France by Richard during a past Rain Tree Crow recording session.

GRICE works again with violinist Steve Bingham (No-Man), Luca Calabrese and Al Swainger alongside a unique murmuration of musicians (introducing the talented Eliza Carew and Andrew Ehresmann).

GRICE will be releasing a number of ‘behind the scenes’ film trailers featuring recording sessions at Forward Studios on his Youtube channel. Here is a taster: The Making of Hardest to Reach 

One Thousand Birds CD comes in a 6 panel digi-sleeve accompanied by an 8 panel booklet (with lyrics and notes) and is available on Burning Shed and Bandcamp. Digital download from iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify and more.

Icarus Girl by Sibhan McCrudden

Singer-songwriter Siobhan McCrudden ‘a singer who is gifted with one of the finest voices in contemporary UK folk music‘ (newsoundwales) released her debut album ‘Icarus Girl’ in December last year.

Her first single ‘The Mermaid in Your Glass’ was on the top 10 Fresh Favs on Fresh on the Net and was played on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cardiff and more.

Live shows: 18 May Focus Wales, International Showcase Festival, Wrexham – 25 May at HowTheLightGetsIn Festival in Hay on Wye and 8 June at Big Love festival in Hay on Wye.

Icarus Girl is available on BandcampBurning Shed and all usual digital outlets, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and more.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Prog-rock

 

Grice – Hardest To Reach (Hungersleep Records 22 February 2019)

One thousand Birds’, the third album by South London-born art rock musician Grice will be released on 22 March.

Written and produced by Grice, the 13-track album features contributions from a select spectrum of musicians including sonic luminary Richard Barbieri (co-founder of Japan, keyboard player in Porcupine Tree) who adds his unique signature sound to the sweet winters symphony on the title track of the album.

Hardest to Reach is a hypnotic electro-acoustic gem drawn from the dark well of personal experience, loss and despair alchemised into an uplifting anthem for the unconsoled.

The single showcases timeless dramatic song-craft and a modern art rock ballad-singer openness.

Grice has built his reputation since 2012 with his debut album Propeller which was shortlisted in the MPG Awards.

The release of his second album Alexandrine and The Grey of Granite Stone EP have rewarded him with critical acclaim in left field and progressive art rock circles, plus the opportunity to collaborate on his own terms with instrumental and production luminaries such as Richard Barbieri, Steve Jansen, B J Cole, Raphael Ravenscroft, Hossam Ramzy and more.

His music has featured on BBC 2, BBC Worldwide, MTV, Sky and he has garnered airplay on Radio 6 Music (Tom Robinson), BBC Introducing and digital radio stations all over UK, Europe and USA.

One Thousand Birds’ by GRICE is available to pre-order from Bandcamp on 1.2.2019 from HERE

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2019 in Prog-rock

 

Didier Leboz & Lord Litter (both ex Das Freie Orchester) are cooperating again

Back in 1991, I used to roam the streets of Berlin, Germany, with legendary underground musician and radio DJ, Lord Litter.

To be honest, I was impressed by the promotion of the new Nirvana album, “Nevermind”.

The swimming baby that was chasing the dollar under the surface of the sea was everywhere. It was too much of a promo…

You would see posters of the record cover on buses, billboards, and plastic bags…

A music artist would never lose with the budget that this record label used to promote the album…

But we were underground musicians so, one night Lord Litter took me to the other side of the city, East Berlin.

Already two years had passed since the Berlin wall was brought down and I could hardly find traces of it.

You could follow a cement line where a part of the wall was before and you would lose it lost in some bushes.

But you could easily tell where West Berlin would end and where East Berlin would start, because the structure, the quality and the colors of the buildings were different…

Lord Litter was playing with a band from East Berlin that was going by the name Das Freie Orchester, so that night we went to their rehearsal.

They were very friendly people (we went for tomato soup when the rehearsal was over) and they sounded great.

If you want to listen to some of their tracks, click HERE and the link will take you to their Soundcloud.

If you wonder why I am writing all this, it is because 27 years later, today in other words, I got this message from Lord Litter:

Didier Leboz & Lord Litter (both ex Das Freie Orchester) are cooperating again.

In the works is an electro acoustic / spoken word concept piece using the german language.”

Lord Litter never stopped producing music and you should keep an eye on his projects and his radio show (follow THIS link to do so) cause he is great.

Check his psychedelic, weird, cinematic 2016 album “Lights Out“…

So, I looked up to Wikipedia about DFO, to write some details about them on this very post that you read now, and I the only information I found was in German.

I decide to make a google translation and came up with this:

“Das Freie Orchester

Berlin avant-garde band, 1986 (a.a.O. 1984) until 1992.

Moving in the field of experimental electronics and Krautrock à la Can, Cluster and Tangerine Dream. Numerous sessions, solo projects and collaborations (also with West German musicians such as Harald Grosskopf and Lutz Ulbrich of Ashra and the former Kluster and Tangerine Dream member Conrad Schnitzler) were documented on the band’s own tape label toads cassettes. From the tape “Now” without Thomasius and Willner, for it rose independent radio legend Lord Litter at DFO. In 1992, the band broke up.

After his separation from the DFO Jörg Thomasius worked several times closely with the legendary avant-garde musician Conrad Schnitzler together, later again with the former DFO colleague Gui Gust, who played in 1992 in Lord Litter’s band.

Dieter Zobel also worked sporadically with Litter together (under the pseudonym “Didier LeBoz“), released two albums with Freicore in the mid-90s and later ran the solo projects Shwaan, Reaktorsynth and Dubspace (here together with Alexander Istschenko from Herbst in Beijing).”

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Posted by on December 17, 2018 in Prog-rock

 

October releases from Fruits de Mer Records – including The Electric Prunes, The Pretty Things and The Yardbirds

 

1966-1968 : arguably the golden era for music. ‘The Three Seasons‘ is a bit of a tribute to the psychedelic era – the first buds forming in ’66, the summer of love and the comedown in ’68.

Some of Fruits de Mer‘s best-known artists are joined by some new faces and a few who were actually there at the time and were personally responsible for some of the amazing sounds that we’re celebrating in this vinyl love-in.

The Three Seasons has taken rather a long time to grow into the 3 LP set that will be presented for your consideration in early October – although, in the end, some heavy pruning was necessary to fit everything onto six sides (it could so easily have been a 4LP set, but someone had already knicked the ‘four seasons’ title).

The music ranges from pop-psych to acid-folk, heavy rock to prog, from classic songs to the long-lost – the kind of thing Fruits de Mer was designed for.

So, who is responsible for the two hours+ of music between the grooves? Step forward:

side 1

  1. The Past Tense – Magic In The Air (originally by The Attack : recorded in 1967)
  2. LoveyDove – Bedazzled (originally by Drimble Wedge and the Vegetations : 1967)
  3. Campbell Stokes Sunshine Recorder – Amelia Jane (originally by Made In Sheffield : 1967)
  4. Jack Ellister – Aquarius (originally by The Zodiac:Cosmic Sounds : 1967)
  5. Rob Gould – Granny Takes A Trip (originally by The Purple Gang : 1967)

side 2

  1. Mark McDowell and Friends – Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire (originally by The Small Faces : 1966)
  2. Anton Barbeau – Sunshine Superman (originally by Donovan : 1965)
  3. The Electric Prunes – 7 and 7 is (originally by Love : 1966)
  4. Moonweevil – Child Of The Sky (originally by The Deviants : 1967)
  5. Kris Gietkowski – A-Minor Explosion (originally by Don Shinn : 1966)
  6. The Yardbirds – Think About It (live in 2016) (originally by The Yardbirds : 1968)

side 3

  1. The Locker Room Cowboys – We Love You (originally by The Rolling Stones : 1967)
  2. King Penguin – White Bird (written : 1967, released by It’s A Beautiful Day : 1969)
  3. Aunt Cynthia’s Cabin – Solitary Man (originally by Neil Diamond : 1966)
  4. The Luck Of Eden Hall – Reflected (originally by Alice Cooper : 1968)

side 4

  1. The Honey Pot – Kites (written by Hackaday/Pockriss; recorded by The Rooftop Singers / Simon Dupree and the Big Sound : 1967)
  2. Cary Grace – 1983 (A Merman I Should Be…) (originally by the Jimi Hendrix Experience : 1968)

side 5

  1. Sidewalk Society – A Saying For Today (originally by The Action : 1968)
  2. Jay Tausig – Let No Man Steal Your Thyme (trad. recorded by Anne Briggs : 1963 / Pentangle : 1968)
  3. Magic Bus – Tribal Gathering (originally by The Byrds : 1967)
  4. Proud Peasant – Down At Circe’s Place (originally by Touch : 1968)
  5. Icarus Peel – Beck’s Bolero (originally by Jeff Beck Group : 1966)

side 6

  1. The Green Ray – Dusty (originally by John Martyn : 1968)
  2. Ex-Norwegian – Winter (originally by Family : 1968)
  3. Consterdine – Fly (originally by J.K. & Co : 1968)
  4. The Gold Needles – The Smell of Incense (originally by West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band : 1967)
  5. The Pretty Things – Loneliest Person (live at the Half Moon, 2010) (originally by The Pretty Things : 1968)

The other new vinyl release comes from Kris Gietkowski, who created the wonderfully-mad solo instrumental version of Egg‘s first album last year from FdM. He’s back and it’s as if Egg have never been away – on ‘Symmetric Communication‘, he moves onto their second album with a cover of ‘A Visit To Newport Hospital‘ and then creates two new compositions that are heavily influenced by the band – again it’s all instrumental and the work of one man – and I think it’s damn good (he said modestly).

 
 

Fuchsia – Fruits de Mer Records special edition reissue 2LP+DVD+24pp A4 Magazine+poster July 30

Described by MOJO magazine as a “long-lost classic”, Fuchsia’s debut LP was released on the Pegasus label in 1970.

It received little publicity at the time, soon disappearing from view as the band broke up and went their separate ways; it was more than 30 years before it became recognized as a great early example of the fusion of progressive and folk rock, with the innovative use of strings.

Unavailable on vinyl for many years(excepting the inevitable poor quality bootlegs), Cherry Red have kindly given Fruits de Mer the rights to reissue the album, bu they’ve gone several steps further than a straight repress – working with the band’s founder Tony Durant, they’ve added a second LP of early demos along with new recordings of previously unreleased songs, including the band’s first 15 minute studio recording – taken from the only-known acetate, attributed at the time to the “Tony Durrant Ensemble” (sic) and the basis for them landing their one-album deal.

Add in a 15 minute DVD in which Tony talks about the album and the intervening 40-odd years, a fold-out poster of the stunning original cover and a 24pp A4 magazine that includes a reprint of Richard Morton Jack’s superb 16pp Flashback mag feature on the band, and you have the making of a rather spedial reissue.

To round off the package, Tony adds new sleeve-notes to a gatefold sleeve, in which he describes each of the bonus tracks – and the whole thing is pressed on 180gm colour vinyl.

The release is timed to coincidence with Fuchsia visiting the UK this summer to play gigs at:

August 3: the 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival in Cardigan

August 9: The Half Moon, London

Tony will be playing many tracks from the original album and is very much open to more gigs, interview, radio sets, while he’s in the UK.

This is Fruits de Mer’s first-ever reissue of an album – and they’ve done their best to make it something special for long-time fans of the band and for everyone discovering Fuchsia for the first time.

A few words from Tony, looking back…

They say, good things come to those who wait…

What a surprise back in about 2003, to hear that our little Fuchsia album had gone on the make a life of its own without me.

Amazing!

My thoughts now…standing on stage, mid song, and drifting off…thing, what amI doing here with this going on around me…those old songs, and new…and all these people digging it!

How fortunate I am to have this beautiful thing, once abandoned, returned to me. The music has obviously connected with quite a few people, which is everything.

And with the 2013 follow up album so well received. I feel very proud that this perhaps unconventional music has actually formed some emotional bonds out there.

It’s obviously struck a chord with quite a few people.

It would have been hard to accept that your contribution to art of this genre stopped in 1971. But good fortune allows me to enthusiastically continue the journey. Thanks everyone!

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Posted by on June 19, 2018 in Prog-rock

 

Sendelica – Cromlech Chronicles III (Fruits de Mer Records, July 30)

Sendelica will be back on Fruits de Mer just in time for their 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus summer festival, and with something of a harder edge for this latest installment in their Welsh chronicles. As it’s Part 3, it’ll have a 3D front cover (& 3D glasses) and come as a set of three 10″ records – all just for the hell of it. Pressed on colour vinyl, naturally.

Here’s a little context to the new recordings:

Back in 2006 Sendelica recorded their debut album, “Entering The Rainbow Light“. at Mwnci Studios in the magical landscape of West Wales.

It was to be almost another decade  before the band returned to that studio in what is turning into a regular gathering of like-minded musical souls in search of new musical paths that have become known as the “Cromlech Chronicle” sessions.

An annual two days of simply playing, improvising and recording to see where the musical muse leads the group members. August 2017 saw the regular Sendelica line-up swell its ranks to a six piece band with the addition of a second drummer Gregory Curvey (from The Luck of Eden Hall) and keyboardist Roger Morgan.

After 2016’s recordings of cerebral ambiance (“Cromlech II“) the new line up explored both pastoral pastures in “Teifi Marshes“, “12 Shades Revisited” and “Star Flower Blossom” alongside searing psychedelic prog workouts “Slow Burner“, “BS“, and “Lost Citi of Cardiza“.

The 3×10” set contains:

  1. BS (6:39)
  2. Slow Burner (12:41)
  3. 12 Shades Revisited (10:58)
  4. Teifi Marshes (9:14)
  5. Star Flower Blossom (14:40)
  6. Lost City of Cardiza (8:43)

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Posted by on June 18, 2018 in Prog-rock, Psychedelic

 

The new EP “Wings To Fly” by Deep Imagination 

-New 4-track EP “Wings To Fly” is out now
-The new videoclip “Wings To Fly (single-version)” is now online


On the album “Carefully Kept Secrets” appeared the 17 minutes long track “Wings To Fly“. In the press and radio the song was widely praised as the soul of the work. With the EP “Wings To Fly”, Deep Imagination is releasing the single version of the successful long track.

In terms of content, “Wings To Fly” is about using one’s wings to fly in analogy. “Atmospheric, Floydian, Cinematic”, perhaps no other piece of the solo project of the German electro-musician Thorsten Sudler-Mainz fits better to this claim than “Wings To Fly”. Atmospheric electronics with ethereal vocals in combination with driving tribal rhythms and floydian guitars make “Wings To Fly” a fascinating sound experience.

With “Paradise In Space (ep-version)“, an impressive 10-minute album medley and the outtake “Watching The Fire”, Deep Imagination concludes its most successful chapter yet with this EP. (BSC Music / Prudence)

Tracklist:

1. Wings To Fly (single-version) (4:29)
2. Paradise In Space (ep-version) (4:42)
3. Carefully Kept Secrets (album-medley) (9:55)
4. Watching The Fire (outtake) (4:58)

Links: iTunesAmazonSpotify

In the video “Wings To Fly (single-version)” Deep Imagination go on stage. In the atmospheric ambience of Art Gallery Artlantis Thorsten Sudler-Mainz presents himself and his fellow musicians authentically on instrument and microphone. The amazingly well-working 4:30 minute long single version of the original 17-minute long track brings it to the point with the typical musical ingredients. (BSC Music / Prudence)

The Video on YouTube:

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2018 in Prog-rock